Diary from Kyiv: When I wake, I ask my family, ‘Are you alive?’ | Russia-Ukraine war

Today, there isn’t any place for ‘How are you?’ or ‘I’m doing OK’.

Zakhida Adylova, 35, is a language trainer and producer for a political speak present who lives within the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

She is a Crimean Tatar, a Muslim ethnic minority that was forcibly deported from their homeland, the Crimean Peninsula, to Uzbekistan in 1944 below orders from Joseph Stalin. In 1993, Zakhida returned from exile along with her household to Crimea, Ukraine. Then in 2014, she and her daughter had been compelled to depart their house in Crimea for Kyiv after Russia annexed the peninsula. Zakhida’s mom joined them a yr later. At the moment, the three are once more dealing with a Russian invasion, sheltering within the lavatory and hall of their condo. Zakhida has saved a diary because the battle started. That is her account from at the moment.

Day 7: March 2, 2022 – ‘Please don’t ask me how I’m’

9am-11am: I proceed to speak in regards to the battle in Ukraine and the truth of the present scenario by interviews with worldwide media. At the moment, I spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Company after which to the Swedish radio station P3 Nyheter.

All of them ask me the identical questions. They ask me what I’m feeling and the way I’m.

These questions puzzle me lots. How do you assume an individual feels in such circumstances?

Guys, the essential reality is that we aren’t protected. There isn’t a place for “How are you?” or “What’s up?” or “OK” or “superb”.

Once I get up every morning, the primary query I ask my 11-year-old daughter Samira and my 75-year-old mom, Abibe, is, ” Are you alive?” Once I hear them reply I can exhale. A sigh of aid.

Asking these of us in Ukraine how we’re doesn’t replicate our worries as a lot as perhaps the query of whether or not we nonetheless exist.

So don’t ask these questions. We’ve got stopped doing that. Today, we greet one another by saying: “Glory to Ukraine.”

12pm: I get offended listening to about harmless Ukrainian residents dying (yesterday Russians fired rockets at Kyiv’s fundamental tv tower, killing not less than 5 civilians), infants being born in bomb shelters, and aged folks not having the ability to entry medical care. And I additionally get offended seeing pets with collars who’ve been separated from their homeowners roam the streets as stray animals seeking meals.

13.53pm: In my interviews, I’ve appealed to the worldwide hacker collective Nameless (the group declared cyberwar on Russia on February 24) to hack Russian state tv channels and present pictures of the invasion.

These guys are glorious. Thanks, Nameless, for standing with Ukraine.

Victory is in unity. I have fun this solidarity at the moment with my mother’s tasty selfmade fried rolls.

Today, a celebration of solidarity with Zakhida's mother's fried rolls
At the moment, a celebration of solidarity with Zakhida’s mom’s fried rolls [Courtesy of Zakhida Adylova]


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